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Getting Started with Canvas

Target Audience: Students.

Online Canvas Resources

Within the Canvas integrated learning platform, students have access to an online orientation to the College and a set of tutorials and guides for using Canvas. Students are strongly encouraged to review this orientation and resources before starting their first course at Rose State College. Look for a message on your Canvas Dashboard about these materials! If you need help with your Canvas login, please contact the eLearnsupport Helpdesk.

Class Attendance

If you are enrolled in a fully online class, it is critical that you log on to Canvas before the class begins and at least once every other day after the course begins. Online attendance is monitored and measured by timely completion of assignments. 

Logging In

For help with your Rose Canvas login, please see the Canvas Login Help page.

Accessing Your Courses

The courses and online communities to which you have access are listed in Canvas under the Courses menu item or on the Dashboard. To access a course, click its hyperlinked course title, or the course tile if you are on the Dashboard.

Keep in mind that courses are developed and published by each individual instructor. You may not be able to access the course if it is not yet ready for students to view. However, once the course is ready and published by the instructor, you should be able to see it on your Dashboard.

If a course is not currently published by the instructor, you will be able to see the course in your Courses menu, but the title will not be hyperlinked (it will be in black instead of blue font). This just means that you are indeed enrolled and will have access as soon as the instructor publishes the course. 

Computer Labs

The college maintains several computer labs on campus with helpful and knowledgeable staff members. Students may receive personal assistance with campus logins, general computer help, and assistance locating information. The computers in these labs are loaded with Microsoft Office and other software appropriate to the division in which the lab is located. Students may print a reasonable number of pages. We do ask that students be aware of what they print and be as efficient as possible. Please print only what you need.

See a list of all Computer Labs on Campus »

In addition to the computer labs, wireless access for guests is provided throughout the campus.

Testing Center

The Testing Center in the LRC administers tests at the request of instructors for math and science courses, Internet and hybrid classes, and make-up tests for campus courses. Most other colleges have a testing center that serves in this capacity too. We have a reciprocating agreement with other colleges to have tests proctored for our online students at their institutions. It is the student's responsibility to make testing arrangements at other institutions if approved by the instructor.


Most courses require software which can be obtained through free downloads. Students may already have the necessary software or may find it on our Downloads page. In addition, students enrolled in at least one business course are eligible for MSDN Academic Alliance Software.

Need More Help?

Students seeking help with Canvas , should first consult the resources available on our Rose Canvas Helpdesk Knowledgebase. If you need further assistance, please contact the Rose eLearning Helpdesk.

Video Tutorials

The YouTube playlist embedded in this page consists of videos produced by Canvas. They provide learners with the basics of the tools available within the Canvas platform from the learner perspective. These videos are beneficial for instructors to see as well as students.

200 - Canvas Overview for Students from Instructure Community on Vimeo.

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